Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

 Commissioners Gooda and White visit Don Dale youth detention facilities to see the facilities first-hand

As part of this week's public hearings Commissioners Mick Gooda and Margaret White AO visited the former and current Don Dale youth detention facilities and the Darwin Watch House.

This followed the resumption of public hearings earlier this week in the Darwin Supreme Court with an opening statement from Senior Counsel followed by evidence from Mr Keith Hamburger, author of a recent review of the Northern Territory's Department of Correctional Services.

The visit to the detention centres was requested by the Commissioners so they could see first-hand the facilities and conditions to provide context when hearing evidence from children who have been or are in detention.

The visit allowed the Commissioners to see the particular conditions and locations described by children.

The tour began at the current Don Dale detention facility, where the Commissioners viewed the medical centre, the 'Tivendale' school and accommodation and recreation facilities.

The Commissioners spoke to staff and Indigenous youth justice officers to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day running of the centre.

They also warmly engaged with a number of young people in the classroom, who showed their work and spoke about their experience.

The Commissioners then moved to the previous Don Dale detention facility, where they viewed the High Security Unit.

Today, the Royal Commission heard from witnesses Jeanette Kerr, A/g Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Territory Families today and Dr James Fitzpatrick, Head of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Alcohol and Pregnancy Research, Telethon Kids Institute.

Images from the Commissioners visit to Don Dale Detention Centres are available in our image gallery.

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